Auburn players, coaches 'hurting' after loss of freshman Jakell Mitchell

It was a sad day for the Auburn football team. A day after Will Muschamp was announced as the new defensive coordinator, the Tigers lost one of their own when freshman tight end Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed early Sunday morning.

“I’m devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with Jakell’s family and friends, who are suffering through this senseless tragedy.

“I know the Auburn family is hurting, especially our players and coaches, and we are going to love and support them through this difficult time. We have lost a member of our family too young, too soon.”

The loss of Mitchell, who grew up not far from Auburn’s campus, prompted several of his coaches and teammates to express their grief via Twitter on Sunday.

Even some former Alabama players, now playing in the NFL, shared their condolences to Mitchell and the Auburn family before Sunday's game.